Sorghum is a valuable forage crop but can produce prussic acid (also known as hydrogen cyanide, HCN), which can be toxic to livestock. In this publication, Purdue and Kansas State researchers discuss characteristics affe More... Free Download
Bovine respiratory disease is an economically costly and important animal welfare concern for cattle. In this publication, Purdue researchers examine the role of technology in BRD detection, including the pros and cons o More... Free Download
Prussic acid poisoning can be a concern if livestock consume freeze-damaged sorghum plants. This concern can be minimized if management strategies are utilized. This video discusses ways to manage sorghum so prussic acid More... Free Download
Calving difficulty is the most common reason for calf loss in the beef cattle industry. In this publication, part of the "What to Expect When:" series, a Purdue University veterinarian discusses the stages of labor and e More... Free Download
Making excellent quality hay is a process that requires proper use of the right harvest equipment at the right stage of forage growth. Doing this will minimize yield and quality losses so nutritional needs of livesto More...
The well-being of cattle -- beef or dairy -- is an important issue for consumers, the beef and dairy industries, and, of course, to the animals. In this publication, a Purdue University professor discusses well-being More...
This bulletin is the first in a series on animal welfare assurance and audit programs. Three Purdue University researchers discuss the foundation of animal welfare, ways to assure livestock and poultry welfare, nation More...
This video addresses the issue of using stressed corn in a drought as feed for cattle. The problems/challenges such as the high nitrate levels are addressed. Silage vs Greenchop is addressed. introducing high nitrate More... Free Download
Alternative forage and nitrates are discussed - precautions and making silage. Opportunities and precautions when looking to alternate ways to feed cattle. Safety in feeding cattle high nitrate feed is discussed.
Pricing silage crops can be much more challenging than pricing grains. This publication outlines methods for determining prices for various types of silage and includes a Web link to Purdue's Corn Silage Crop Calculator More... Free Download
Publication providing beef cattle producers information on preconditioning, a management practice for preparing calves for a successful feedlot experience. Covers team building, weight gain, herd health and nutrition and More... Free Download
The use of antimicrobials (substances that kill or inhibit microorganisms) in food animal production is one of the more controversial agricultural practices in the United States. The author of this 4-page PDF publication More... Free Download
This three-page, Web-only publication tells producers how they can use estrous synchronization and artificial insemination (AI), producers to improve reproductive efficiency and productivity—and profits&mdash More...
Mycotoxins in corn and other grains can reduce performance in both ruminants (cattle, sheep, goats) and non-ruminants (swine, poultry) and can have detrimental effects on both finishing animals and reproducing males and More... Free Download
Of the many estrous synchronization and artificial insemination (AI) programs available for use in beef heifers, two programs deliver more acceptable AI pregnancy rates. This publication shows a comparison between two of More... Free Download
In this two-page PDF, the authors describe and compare two timed, artificial insemination programs for use in beef heifers. They recommend different programs for different situations. More... Free Download
There is growing concern over a possible link between MRSA (methicillin resistant
Staphylococcus aureus) and livestock production. This publication answers several of the most common questions surrounding this issue.
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This publication covers parturition—the process of giving birth—in livestock. It covers the anatomy of the reproductive tract, fertilization and pregnancy, as well as specifi information related to each speci More... Free Download
Feeding Colostrum to Beef Calves describes why it is important to get a calf off to a good start by ensuring adequate colostrum intake. In addition to providing antibodies, it provides essential nutrients. Besides being More... Free Download
This publication discusses the complex hoof structure and the role that it plays in the overall health of an animal. A lame animal is not only in pain, but it is an extra expense that most producers cannot afford. This p More... Free Download
Estrus or "heat" is a period during the reproductive cycle when female animals become sexually receptive, signaling they are ready for mating. This publication provides information about the estrous cycles for various an More... Free Download
Animal identification is the basis for keeping accurate production records of the herd/flock. This publication provides information about numbering systems and identification methods such as ear tagging, freeze branding, More... Free Download
Sub-fertile bulls are an economic liability to a cattle operation. In this publication, a Purdue University researcher explains the importance of annual bull breeding soundness (BBSE) exams, the steps taken during such e More... Free Download